Painting People: Capturing the Human Form (July 2024)

Do you like to include people in your art? Are you interested in figure studies or portraits, and want to learn more about it? This class is for you. We will explore both the technical skills and the creative aspects of capturing the human form.

This class is great for artists at any level, from beginners who want help getting started, to experienced artists looking to refine their work. We will use the Basic Shapes Method to emphasize the simplification of forms, and you will learn lots of tricks, shortcuts, and time-honored techniques for creating lifelike figure paintings and expressive portraits.

We will talk about all the fundamentals, including anatomy and proportion, balance, gravity, and movement. And we will cover important lessons in art-making, including color and composition, perspective and depth, brushwork techniques, artistic style, and storytelling — with an emphasis on fun.

You can use acrylics, oils, watercolors, pastels — whatever you like. Toaa will have lots of interesting images for you to choose from, and you can also bring pictures of your own to paint.

Toaa will demonstrate and explain methods and techniques for the group, and everyone will also receive lots of individual attention and guidance.



Meet the Instructor:

Toaa Dallo has offered classes and intensive workshops at his Santa Cruz Art Studios since 1994 and has also given numerous lectures and demonstrations for art clubs and organizations. In 2012 he began teaching classes and all-day workshops at Palace Art in Capitola, where he has worked with thousands of students of all ages, interests, and needs. Toaa’s work is included in many private and corporate collections and has been seen in art shows and galleries principally in the San Francisco Bay Area.


 

Pastel Painting with Joan Hellenthal (July 2024)

The perfect way to start the weekend: Loosen up and have fun with pastels!

Using expressive marks and color we will paint vibrant landscapes and still life. The essentials of pastel painting will be covered including approaches and methods of application, pastels from hard to soft, surface possibilities, color theory and under painting. Demos, problem solving, and lots of individual instruction are included. This class is appropriate for both beginners in pastel and those who are experienced with the medium. Bring your pastels and explore the possibilities of this versatile medium!



Meet the Instructor:

JOAN HELLENTHAL has a bachelors degree in Fine Arts from Brown University and a masters degree in Fine Art from San Jose State University.  Her work is exhibited in galleries and corporate and private collections.  She teaches painting at the Santa Cruz Art League.

Hellenthal is best known for her “painterly” landscapes and still lifes, which feature vivid color and reflections of light.  The serene landscapes and sensual fruits, lovingly captured, remind one of the beauty of nature and the elemental pleasures of life.

Paintings range from realism to abstract impressionism.  Oils and pastels. Occasional use of gold leaf and collage materials.


 

Saturday Pastel Painting (July 2024)

Come and learn all about the exciting world of pastel painting ! In this 4 day workshop we will cover basic drawing and pastel painting techniques, the beauty of the pure pigment of pastels, materials, color theory and so much more. We will paint still lifes and landscapes together following demonstrations with this vibrant and expressive medium.You’ll get lots of positive feedback and coaching.



Meet the Instructor:

Mary Dettle has been enjoying painting with the colorful medium of pastels for over 15 years. She loves them for their versatility and richness in application and rich pigments.  Mary has shown her work in numerous shows including the Scotts Valley Art and Wine where she was the featured artist in 2009, and the California Landscape Shows . She has a bachelors degree in Interior Design and a Credential in Art Instruction . She enjoyed teaching elementary school for 22 years weaving fun, laughter and creativity into her lessons.


 

Paint Like the Masters with Toaa Dallo: Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring”

Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring” is one of the most famous paintings in the world, with a magical quality that draws you in and keeps you fascinated. It’s a great lesson in methods and techniques, and we’re going to have lots of fun exploring it, and painting it, together.

Learning from the work of the great masters is a time-honored tradition, and creating your own version of their wonderful masterpieces is one of the best ways to develop and refine your skills as a painter.

This class is for everyone who loves art and wants to enjoy a fun hands-on painting workshop. All levels are welcome — from beginners to seasoned artists.

Class Fee includes a premarked canvas

Optional Materials Fee: $25 (Covers paint, palette, and brushes)

Toaa Dallo has years of experience doing painting demonstrations for groups, and he will be guiding you with step-by-step instructions. A pre-marked canvas will help you to get off to a quick start, and Toaa will explain all the methods and techniques, showing you how everything works and keeping you on track. You will also receive individual attention and guidance.

You can use acrylics, oils, watercolors, pastels — whatever you like. Paints, brushes, liquids, palettes, and all the necessary equipment will be provided for a $25 fee, or you can bring your own stuff if you prefer.

Special Follow-up Sessions
These paintings can be challenging, and we have scheduled special optional follow-up sessions with Toaa so you can get extra help (Friday July 12, and Friday July 19). You’re invited to join these sessions for some additional one-on-one instruction, and so you can have more time to refine and complete your painting.

 


Meet the Instructor:

Toaa Dallo has offered classes and intensive workshops at his Santa Cruz Art Studios since 1994 and has also given numerous lectures and demonstrations for art clubs and organizations. In 2012 he began teaching classes and all-day workshops at Palace Art in Capitola, where he has worked with thousands of students of all ages, interests, and needs. Toaa’s work is included in many private and corporate collections and has been seen in art shows and galleries principally in the San Francisco Bay Area.


 

Watercolor Thursday (July 2024)

This class is geared to facilitate those who have advanced their skills a little more. Most class sessions will include a demo and then time to work on the elements of the demo. Information on materials, including colors and “gimmicks”, and tools is given throughout the six-week period. The goal of this class is to encourage the joy of painting, while improving skills and knowledge. This is a “fun” class, so bring a sense of humor and whatever materials you have and enjoy.

Instructor Linda Lord is a self-trained artist and illustrator with over 16 years teaching experience in her studio and via the SC Watercolor Society; an Open Studio artist whose exhibitions include Cozumel, Mexico. Linda also publishes with a decorative art publisher.

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Try Watercolor Tuesday if you’re new to watercolor or prefer a smaller class size!

Watercolor TUESDAY (July 2024)

We recommend this Tuesday class for those who are a little more inexperienced or prefer a smaller class size.

This class is geared to facilitate those who have never painted and those who have advanced their skills. Most class sessions will include a demo and then time to work on the elements of the demo. Information on materials, including colors and “gimmicks”, and tools is given throughout the Six-Week period. The goal of this class is to encourage the joy of painting, while improving skills and knowledge. This is a “fun” class, so bring a sense of humor and whatever materials you have and enjoy.

Instructor Linda Lord is a self-trained artist and illustrator with over 16 years teaching experience in her studio and via the SC Watercolor Society; an Open Studio artist whose exhibitions include Cozumel, Mexico. Linda also publishes with a decorative art publisher.

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(Evening Class) Drawing and Sketching! (June 2024)

Drawing is the foundation of all visual art. It’s fun and portable, intuitive and expressive. And it forms the basis for larger-scale artworks including paintings, anatomical studies, architecture, caricature and cartooning, even sculpture.

This class is for everyone — from beginners who want to learn about basic drawing techniques, to experienced artists looking to refine their work. And it’s great for painters, especially watercolor and pastel artists who start their work with a drawing. You will learn about perspective, composition, light source, value and contrast — with an emphasis on fun.

We will do guided exercises, including small-scale studies and sketches, and then apply these lessons in extended sessions. You can use pencil, charcoal, ink — whatever you like. In the final meetings, students will focus on one or two drawings of their choice, developing them to completion.

Toaa will demonstrate and explain methods and techniques for the group, and everyone will also receive individual attention and guidance.

Materials:
Pencils (HB, 3B, 6B), Kneaded Eraser, Ink Pens, Drawing Paper.



Meet the Instructor:

Toaa Dallo has offered classes and intensive workshops at his Santa Cruz Art Studios since 1994 and has also given numerous lectures and demonstrations for art clubs and organizations. In 2012 he began teaching classes and all-day workshops at Palace Art in Capitola, where he has worked with thousands of students of all ages, interests, and needs. Toaa’s work is included in many private and corporate collections and has been seen in art shows and galleries principally in the San Francisco Bay Area.


 

Pastel Painting with Joan Hellenthal (June 2024)

The perfect way to start the weekend: Loosen up and have fun with pastels!

Using expressive marks and color we will paint vibrant landscapes and still life. The essentials of pastel painting will be covered including approaches and methods of application, pastels from hard to soft, surface possibilities, color theory and under painting. Demos, problem solving, and lots of individual instruction are included. This class is appropriate for both beginners in pastel and those who are experienced with the medium. Bring your pastels and explore the possibilities of this versatile medium!



Meet the Instructor:

JOAN HELLENTHAL has a bachelors degree in Fine Arts from Brown University and a masters degree in Fine Art from San Jose State University.  Her work is exhibited in galleries and corporate and private collections.  She teaches painting at the Santa Cruz Art League.

Hellenthal is best known for her “painterly” landscapes and still lifes, which feature vivid color and reflections of light.  The serene landscapes and sensual fruits, lovingly captured, remind one of the beauty of nature and the elemental pleasures of life.

Paintings range from realism to abstract impressionism.  Oils and pastels. Occasional use of gold leaf and collage materials.


 

Watercolor TUESDAY (May 2024)

We recommend this Tuesday class for those who are a little more inexperienced or prefer a smaller class size.

This class is geared to facilitate those who have never painted and those who have advanced their skills. Most class sessions will include a demo and then time to work on the elements of the demo. Information on materials, including colors and “gimmicks”, and tools is given throughout the Six-Week period. The goal of this class is to encourage the joy of painting, while improving skills and knowledge. This is a “fun” class, so bring a sense of humor and whatever materials you have and enjoy.

Instructor Linda Lord is a self-trained artist and illustrator with over 16 years teaching experience in her studio and via the SC Watercolor Society; an Open Studio artist whose exhibitions include Cozumel, Mexico. Linda also publishes with a decorative art publisher.

Download Materials List

Watercolor Thursday (May 2024)

This class is geared to facilitate those who have advanced their skills a little more. Most class sessions will include a demo and then time to work on the elements of the demo. Information on materials, including colors and “gimmicks”, and tools is given throughout the six-week period. The goal of this class is to encourage the joy of painting, while improving skills and knowledge. This is a “fun” class, so bring a sense of humor and whatever materials you have and enjoy.

Instructor Linda Lord is a self-trained artist and illustrator with over 16 years teaching experience in her studio and via the SC Watercolor Society; an Open Studio artist whose exhibitions include Cozumel, Mexico. Linda also publishes with a decorative art publisher.

Download Materials List

Try Watercolor Tuesday if you’re new to watercolor or prefer a smaller class size!